Flathead National Forest


Welcome to the Flathead National Forest

Backpack in wild, remote places. Float the Three Forks of the Flathead Wild and Scenic River. Spend a night in a fire lookout tower. Spot a mountain goat in Jewel Basin. The Flathead has an experience for everyone.

Find your adventure

In the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana, just south of the Canadian border and Glacier National Park, lies the 2.4-million acre Flathead National Forest. With abundant lakes, rugged wilderness, wild rivers, over 2,000 miles of trail, campgrounds, ski areas, and year-round beauty, this forest is a premiere natural landscape of the American West.

  • Great American Outdoors Act

    Mule train packing supplies to Hornet Lookout for a GAOA project

    The GAOA is allowing us to invest in recreation infrastructure, public lands access, and land and water conservation.

  • Plan Your Next Adventure

    Find out what maps are available at your local ranger district, check out our online maps, or try the interactive visitor map.

  • Holland Lake Lodge Special Use Permit Information

    Trees reflect on Holland Lake with snowy mountains in the background

    Holland Lake Lodge sits on the shores of Holland Lake in Condon, Montana. The Lodge has been under a special use permit since 1924. Find the latest information on the Permit here.

  • Temporary Special Use Permits

    Check the status of the forest's current temporary special use permit applications.

  • Bear Country Safety

    The Flathead National Forest is home to both grizzly bears and black bears. Where bears and humans occur together, conflicts may occasionally arise. The successful conservation and recovery of the grizzly bear involves habitat management and actions to minimize grizzly - human conflict potential. Find out more about recreating safely in bear country.

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Ford Schoolhouse named to National Register of Historic Places

A historical photo of Ford Schoolhouse. A wooden schoolhouse stands in the middle of a field.

Nestled in a little-developed mountain valley in Northwestern Montana, one can find one of the country’s newest additions to the National Register of Historic Places – the Ford Schoolhouse. Read more about the history of the Schoolhouse and recent preservation work.

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